House Passes “Save The Internet” Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

The American public overwhelmingly supports strong and enforceable rules and opposes corporate control of the Internet, and today’s actions show that the House is listening. Without the protections of the 2015 Open Internet Order, ISPs have shown that they will engage in discriminatory behaviors that benefit their bottom lines to the detriment of consumers and competition. The Writers Guild of America, West issued a statement saying it “applauds the House of Representatives for passing the Save the Internet Act and putting us back on the path to restoring net neutrality. We urge Senate Majority Leader McConnell to prioritize his constituents over corporate interests and bring this legislation up for a vote.”
Reaction among industry factions was predictably split, with the FCC issuing a salty statement and the Writers Guild and other groups applauding the move.
The effort to repeal it stemmed from the drive to curb the ability of internet providers to erect gates around content. Net neutrality, which became law under President Obama, was repealed by the Republican-controlled FCC of Donald Trump. Companies like Netflix have advocated for net neutrality, finding themselves on the opposite side of large service providers like Comcast and AT&T. Proponents of net neutrality say it prevents private companies from dictating the flow of information on the internet.
The House voted Wednesday to approve the "Save the Internet Act," a bill that would restore net neutrality, which proponents see as a way of safeguarding free and open information exchange online.
As the legislation now moves to the Senate for final approval, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed that it is “dead on arrival in the Senate,” a stance that aligns with that of the Trump administration. The bill passed the Democrat-controlled House by a vote of 232-190. Only one Republican voted in favor.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai derided the "so-called Save the Internet Act" in a statement. "The internet is free and open, while faster broadband is being deployed across America. “This legislation is a big-government solution in search of a problem," he said. This bill should not and will not become law.”” />

California Postpones Net Neutrality Law Pending Outcome Of Federal Court Challenge

Circuit reviews the FCC’s 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom order is a win for consumers that will allow continued innovation and investment while these deliberations continue," the groups said in a statement.” /> “California’s decision not to enforce its law regulating certain portions of the internet while the D.C.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement saying Becerra's decision shows the strength of the federal government's case.
California will postpone enforcement of its tough new net neutrality law until a federal court rules on the Justice Department's lawsuit seeking to prevent the legislation from taking effect.
Attorney Gen. Court of Appeals, arguing the state lacks authority to regulate broadband access. The federal government sued California in the U.S. Xavier Becerra said he would temporarily delay implementation of the new law, which seeks to restore Obama-era open internet rules, until the legal dispute is resolved.
"Indeed, California’s agreement not to enforce these regulations will allow Californians to continue to enjoy free-data plans that have proven to be popular among consumers. " "It also demonstrates, contrary to the claims of the law’s supporters, that there is no urgent problem that these regulations are needed to address," Pai said.
The group said it will await the ruling in another lawsuit, brought by Mozilla, seeks to restore the federal Open Internet Order that prevents internet providers to block or slow access to any legal site, or charge for speedier delivery. Separately, a group of telecommunications industry trade organizations announced they would propose a delay in a separate lawsuit challenging California's new law.
"Yet, I also understand and support the Attorney General’s rationale for allowing the DC Circuit appeal to be resolved before we move forward to defend our net neutrality law in court." "I very much want to see California’s net neutrality law go into effect immediately, in order to protect access to the internet," said Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who authored the new law.